WHITNEY BIENNIAL LINEUP
The Whitney Museum has released the names of the 97 artists in the Whitney Biennial 2000, Mar. 23-June 4, 2000. In addition to the usual painting, sculpture and film and video screenings, the show includes for the first time works made specifically for cyberspace and displayed via a large-screen projection in the galleries. The envelope, please:
Dennis Adams, Doug Aitken, Ghada Amer, Lutz Bacher, Rina Banerjee, Vanessa Beecroft, Linda Besemer, Dawoud Bey, Chakaia Booker, M. W. Burns, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ingrid Calame, Luis Camnitzer, John Coplans, Petah Coyne, John Currin, E. V. Day, Roman de Salvo, William De Lottie, Thornton Dial, Anthony Discenza, Kim Dingle, Tara Donovan, James Drake, Leandro Erlich, Vernon Fisher, Suzan Frecon, Brian Fridge, Dara Friedman, Robert Gober, Kojo Griffin, Joseph Grigely, Hans Haacke, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Joseph Havel, Salomon Huerta, Arthur Jafa, Michael Joo, Kurt Kauper, Silvia Kolbowski, Louise Lawler, Annette Lemieux, Sharon Lockhart, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Joseph Marioni, Josiah McElheny, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat, Paul Pfeiffer, Carl and Karen Pope, Marcos Ramírez Erre, Laurie Reid, Kay Rosen, Michal Rovner, Katherine Sherwood, Al Souza, Sarah Sze, Richard Tuttle, Chris Verene, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Yukinori Yanagi, Lisa Yuskavage. Film and video: Craig Baldwin, Rebecca Baron, Rolf Belgum, Sadie Benning, Robin Bernat, Jem Cohen, Nathaniel Dorsky, Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake, Joe Gibbons, Jill Godmilow, T. Kim-Trang Tran, Harmony Korine, Ruth Leitman, Les LeVeque, Sharon Lockhart, Anne Makepeace, Errol Morris, Mandy Morrison, Nic Nicosia, Walid Ra'ad, Jennifer Reeder, ®Tmark, Elisabeth Subrin, Chris Sullivan, Ayanna U'Dongo, Yvonne Welbon. Internet: Mark Amerika, Lew Baldwin, Ben Benjamin, Fakeshop, Ken Goldberg, John F. Simon Jr., Darcey Steinke, Annette Weintraub.
The 2000 Biennial marks the first time that the Whitney has hired outside curators for the show. They are Michael Auping, chief curator at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth; Valerie Cassel; Hugh Davies, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego; Jane Farver, director of the List Visual Arts Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Andrea Miller-Keller, an independent curator from Hartford; and Lawrence R. Rinder, director of the Institute for Exhibitions and Public Programs at the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco and Oakland. The 2000 Biennial is the most international of the shows to date; 21 of the artists are immigrants to the United States.
BAD NEWS FOR BROOKLYN, SAATCHI?
Tout le monde d’art is talking about the New York Times Dec. 6 front-page story on the battle between Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and the Brooklyn Museum. City Hall reporter David Barstow failed to show that museum chief Arnold L. Lehman conspired with British mega-collector Charles Saatchi to inflate the value of his collection through the "Sensation" exhibition. But the Times article, based on internal museum documents revealed in Giuliani’s ongoing court case against the museum, makes both Saatchi and Lehman come off looking pretty bad. Among the "bombshells" in the article:
- Lehman and Saatchi enticed a $50,000 donation for the show from Christie’s by suggesting both museum and collector might sell works through the auction house.
- Lehman misled the Third Millennium Foundation, a Swiss charity that supports arts education, by quoting an inflated budget -- in some cases to twice the amount of the museum’s internal estimates.
- Lehman stated in interviews and sworn court papers that he had seen "Sensation" at the Royal Academy in London, when in fact he had not.
- Saatchi’s influence on the show’s installation was extensive, leading to increased costs and complaints from museum staffers.
- Saatchi demanded that his $160,000 pledge be considered a debt, not a donation. After the museum recovers its basic costs, Saatchi gets the first $60,000 in ticket sales; after that, he and the museum split the profits "dollar for dollar" until the remaining $100,000 is paid off.
- Brooklyn raised its admission fee from $7.50 to $9.75 to help cover the cost of the show. The museum used to have free admission.
The museum declined to reveal how much income "Sensation" has generated so far, but did say that approximately 120,000 people had attended the show by Dec. 5. The exhibition, which the museum says cost $1.6 million to organize, closes Jan. 18, 2000.
NUDE SELL-A-THON AT ARTNET.COM
Artnet.com's popular "Nude" auction event, which ran Nov. 3-23, sold 38 works online for a total of $114,440 (including artnet.com's five percent buyer's commission). The average sale price was $3,000, and record prices were set for two Roy Lichtenstein prints -- Two Nudes and Roommates, both from 1994 -- and Pablo Picasso’s Sleeping Woman linocut from 1962. The top ten lots were:
- Roy Lichtenstein, Two Nudes, 1994, color relief print, $14,409.
- Roy Lichtenstein, Roommates, 1994, color relief print, $13,440.
- Pablo Picasso, Sleeping Woman, 1962, linocut, $11,576.
- Aristide Maillol, Untitled, 1930, drawing, $10,500.
- Claes Oldenburg, Whitehall XIII, 1975, ballpoint pen on paper, $9,450.
- Milton Avery, Night Nude, 1953, woodcut, $7,390.
- Zhao Zhen Hua, Nude, 1999, oil on canvas, $6,725.
- Robert Lidneux, La Paloma, 1939, oil on canvas, $4,725.
- Robert Mapplethorpe, Thomas with Pedestal, gelatin silver print, $4,630.
- Hilo Chen, City-6, 1980, watercolor on paper, $2,047.
FREED MARY BOONE
Misdemeanor weapons charges filed by New York City police against art dealer Mary Boone have been dropped. Boone was arrested at her gallery on Sept. 29 for displaying two working guns as well as a bowl full of bullets that visitors could take home. The munitions were part of sculptor Tom Sachs’ "Haute Bricolage" exhibition. "Art is the only thing I believe in, and I’m glad to be arrested over it," she told the New York Times.
BRITS BACK OFF FROM GET-IN-FREE MUSEUM PLAN
British culture chief Chris Smith may be reneging on his pledge of free admission to British museums and galleries, according to the Times in London. Children already get in free, and it seems that pensioners will, too, starting next spring. But the rest of us will continue to pay -- £6 at the Hayward, £5 at the V&A. Shows at the Tate are free, and ones at the Royal Academy are variably priced, from free to £8. The problem? Money. Smith allocated £100 million for the scheme, but now the funds are being requisitioned for other museum needs, including support for the new Tate Gallery of Modern Art, otherwise known as the Tate Modern, due to open in May.
HEIRS GET HARVARD MALEVICHES
Harvard’s Busch-Reisinger Museum has ceded two works by Kazimir Malevich -- Suprematist Painting (Rectangle and Circle) (1915) and an undated pencil drawing dubbed Untitled -- to the artist’s heirs. The two works were left to the museum by German museum director Alexander Dorner upon his death in 1957, with the stipulation that they be "considered as extended loans." Malevich, who died in 1935, had left the works in Berlin following an exhibition in 1927. The 31 Malevich heirs also received an unspecified payment – reported to be $5 million – from the Museum of Modern Art, which ended up with 15 Malevich works from the 1927 show.
NEW ONLINE ARTS MAG
Art critic and activist Robert Atkins has launched a new online journal dedicated to artists with AIDS. Artery: The AIDS Journal & Forum, located at
http://www.artistswithaids.org/artery/index.asp, contains essays and interviews by Atkins, Craig Lucas, Sarah Schulman, Eileen Myles, Nancy Princenthal and others. Atkins’ new mag is sited on the website for the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, home of the virtual collection database of artists with HIV.
ASIA IN CYBERSPACE
The Asia Society has launched AsiaSource, a new online resource that includes an extensive arts and culture section, including views of the Society’s current exhibitions and an Asian glossary with an emphasis in the arts. The site can be accessed at http://www.asiasource.org.
PALM BEACH ART & ANTIQUE FAIR
Thinking about points South? Try the Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair. Scheduled for Feb. 3-13, 2000, the fair is being held at the International Pavilion in West Palm Beach and features 77 dealers. The ten-day event opens with a gala preview to benefit the Norton Museum of Art Feb. 3, and opens to the public Feb. 4. For more information call 561-220-2690.
NEW CERAMICS FAIR
Ceramists take heed! The New York Ceramics Fair, featuring 50 galleries from the U.S., Europe and England, is slated to appear at the National Academy of Design, Jan. 20-23, 2000. Among the exhibitors are Cohen and Cohen, Monique Mardellis, Lady Marion Langham, Lindsay Grigsby and Mark J. West. General admission is $15. For more info (310) 455-2886.
NEA DOCUMENTARY OPENS
The New York Civil Liberties Union presents a panel discussion on the artistic freedom at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 W. 64th St. at Central Park West) on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. Panelists includes NYCLU executive director Norman Siegel, artist Fred Wilson and playwright Christopher Durang. The event also includes a screening of The NEA Tapes by Paul Lamarre and Melissa Wolf. Admission is free.
AFRICAN ART CURATOR FOR THE NEUBERGER
The Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, N.Y., has appointed Christa Clarke as its first curator of African art. Clarke has been a fellow at both the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum. She will oversee the Neuberger’s extensive collection, which includes a new gift over 130 works from sub-Saharan Africa from the collection of Lawrence Gussman.
NEW DIRECTOR FOR ARTPACE
Kathryn Kanjo, curator of contemporary art at the Portland Art Museum, has been appointed director of San Antonio-based artist-in-residency program ArtPace. She succeeds Laurence Miller, who assumes the title director emeritus and will continue as a consultant on special projects.